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Archibald Smith Plantation Home

935 Alpharetta St, Roswell, GA 30075-3827
+1 770-641-3978
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Rich History, Great Tour

We were on a drive back from Florida and wanted to see a plantation. Unfortunately we were there on... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Chelsey C
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Lovely Pre-Civil War Plantation

Janis, our docent for the house tour was informative and offered a glimpse to the past of this 3... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
ThomasinNC
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Hidden among the trees in Historic Roswell, Georgia lies the elegant home constructed by one of the town's founding fathers, Archibald Smith. In 1838, the Smith family and nearly 30 of their slaves left their two plantations in St. Marys, along the southern coast of Georgia, to make a new start with some 300 acres of cotton farmland north of the Roswell Town Square. What this well-to-do 19th Century farming family did not realize when they constructed their home was that it would be preserved by their descendants as an untouched treasure of southern history. For over 150 years, the Smith's Plantation Home has stood the test of time as The Civil War was brought to its front steps, and all around it, the small mill village of Roswell erupted into a bustling metropolitan suburb. Perfectly preserved are the Smiths two-story farm house, complete with outbuildings, including slave quarters, a cook house, corn crib, barn, carriage house, well, and spring house. Three generations of the Archibald Smith family lived in this home and saved all of their belongings, large and small, important and trivial, broken or whole. The home and grounds have become one of the best examples of architectural, cultural, and historical interpretation found in the region.
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 3:15 pm
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935 Alpharetta St, Roswell, GA 30075-3827
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were on a drive back from Florida and wanted to see a plantation. Unfortunately we were there on a Sunday and only had a few hours before we had to get back on the road. We saw good reviews for the Smith Plantation and...More

Thank Chelsey C
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Janis, our docent for the house tour was informative and offered a glimpse to the past of this 3 generation owned southern plantation pre-dating the civil war. It is not line the more former homes often seen in movies, but more of a working plantation...More

Thank ThomasinNC
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This pre-civil war home is truly a story of a family and what they went through during 3 generations. Our tour guide, April, brought the Smith family to life as we moved from room to room and heard their story.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is really fantastic, so unusual in that they have so many original items from the family, all the way from the mid 1800's to the 1980's. Guided by a docent, not on your own, except you can tour the grounds on your own...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unlike some of the southern cotton plantations, this is more of an "urban plantation." It was close to the settlement of Roswell originally. The land owners from the Savannah area, including Roswell King, headed north to escape the brutal heat of the coastal areas during...More

Thank Steve C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoy touring historic homes and mansions. The Smith Plantation did not disappoint! Our tour guide April spun tales from the 1830s to the 1960s. We chuckled at Lizzie’s “wholesale” production of “communion” wine and Mamie Cotton’s closing of the house so she could watch...More

Thank Sandra V
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great tour. Three generations lived in this house so there is a nice family history to hear about. Ask about the Trilogy Pass to get a discounted rate to see two additional historic houses when you would like.

Thank GoldwingGirl1208
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Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

My friends and I enjoyed rocking on the front porch overlooking the grounds of the plantation. Our guided tour was full history and stories of everyone that had lived in the home. Worth a visit stepping into a time past.

Thank Gina W
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Reviewed 15 July 2018

Our family discovered the "Southern Trilogy" homes tour while in the Atlanta area for a basketball tournament. Janice, our tour guide, was fantastic and led our small group on a one hour journey through the house with lots of family history. Several rooms have original...More

Thank Randall F
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Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

There is a real feeling of the house being a home and the tour guide Janis was very passionate about the family, she didnt recite facts like she'd been programmed to which often is the case with these type of tours, she told us the...More

Thank Rachel Dawn F
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Nancy B
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Response from Erica B | Reviewed this property |
It will definitely depend on the handicap. There is a walkway that is dirt and gravel, stairs to enter building as well as dirt trails around the plantation. Inside tours are also going to be challenging if you have a... More
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gideonpickens
2 July 2016|
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Response from Koehlerse | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I am so late.. adults $8.00, seniors 65 & up $7.00 , children 6-18 $6.00
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